Peripheries pp 259-287 | Cite as

On the Edge

  • Peter Svenonius
Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 59)


Despite the great complexity and abstractness of the data, there is rich evidence that long-distance relations have a successive-cyclic character. This often gives rise to what appear to be edge effects, and can be taken as a strong argument for the importance of a special area at the edge of each cycle. The phase-based model gives the underpinnings of an explanatory account for these phenomena, rooted in a conceptually appealing model of syntactic structure. What I have tried to do here is to explore the extension of the phase-based theory to the nominal domain, and to explore the interaction of the nominal structure with the clausal structure. The interactions mainly express themselves not in edge effects, but in the successive opacity of different nominal domains, blocking relations from the clausal heads into spelled out projection of the extended DP. I have suggested a few points of parametric variation, relying mainly on the presence or absence of attractors of different types in different heads.


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